A terminated Episcopal High School employee in Jacksonville, Florida, returned to his former place of work Tuesday, shot and killed the headmistress and then killed himself, according to a CNN article.
The shooter, who was fired earlier in the day Tuesday, hid an assault rifle in a guitar case and went straight to the office of Headmistress Dale Regan, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
"He shot and killed Ms. Regan and then he killed himself," said Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt.
The identity of the gunman has yet to be disclosed publicly because his family has not been informed of his death.
No students nor other school officials are believed to have been involved in the incident.
"Our prayers go out to the Episcopal community," Senterfitt said, who knew Regan personally and whose daughter had recently graduated from Episcopal. "It's a tough day for us," he added.
Regan had worked at Episcopal High School for 34 years prior to her death.
"We have full confidence that Dale Regan is already with God and in heaven," said Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John's Cathedral in Jacksonville. "We ask you to please pray for us as a community."
Employment is a key to our very livelihood, but a decision to terminate an employee should never result in the end of someone life. Incidents like this unfortunate shooting should help to put that into perspective because the selfish acts of one have a far-reaching impact on so many others.
If the shooter felt that he had been fired for the wrong reasons he should have instead sought legal counsel and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school.
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